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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy has concluded the first-ever US Africa Nuclear Energy Summit (USANES) in Accra, Ghana. The summit was organised in partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Energy and the Nuclear Power Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. DOE said it “provided a platform for crucial dialogues and international cooperation on nuclear energy” where “participants from across the continent discussed the future of nuclear power and laid a foundation for sustainable nuclear energy growth in the region”.

Date: Saturday, 11 November 2023
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"A changing policy landscape is creating opportunities for a nuclear comeback," according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in the latest edition of its World Energy Outlook, with nuclear generating capacity expected to increase from 417 GWe in 2022 to 620 GWe in 2050 in a scenario based on existing energy policies.

Date: Wednesday, 25 October 2023
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Norway’s Norsk Kjernekraft has signed a letter of intent with Denmark's Seaborg Technologies to investigate the possible deployment of Seaborg's compact molten salt reactor (CMSR) in Norway.

Date: Friday, 21 July 2023
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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) says unit 4 at the Barakah NPP in Abu Dhabi has begun its operational readiness preparations.

Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2023
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Group of Seven (G7) energy and environment ministers, following a two-day meeting in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, issued a 36-page communique laying out their commitments ahead of a G7 summit in Hiroshima in May. The detailed statement covered sections on environment, climate and energy. It reaffirmed a commitment to accelerating the clean energy transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. “We call on and will work with other countries to end new unabated coal-fired power generation projects globally as soon as possible to accelerate the clean energy transition in a just manner,” the statement says, stipulating that countries should rely on “predominantly” clean energy by 2035.

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2023
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South Korea will increase the share of nuclear in total energy sources to 34.6% by 2036 from 23.4% in 2018, the Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy, Lee Chang-yang has said, announcing the final version of South Korea’s 10th basic plan for long-term electricity supply and demand to the National Assembly. Renewable sources will be responsible for 30.6%, up from 6.2% in 2018. South Korea will cut its reliance on coal-fired power generation to 14.4% from 41.9% as part of its plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from the 2018 levels by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
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Even oil-rich companies of Middle East are eying reactors, as more nations announce plans for SMRs Russian troops occupied the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station, which was damaged by shelling. File photo courtesy IAEA. 2022 was a year of mega milestones for nuclear energy.

Countries around the world turned to nuclear as a reliable low-carbon energy source as they looked for ways to wean themselves off Russian imports and lower carbon emissions.

New plants began operating, deals for small modular reactors were signed and countries announced ambitious plans for new-build.

On the political front, US president Joe Biden signed into law new legislation that will help to finance struggling nuclear reactors and could save dozens from being shut down early. In Europe, the nuclear industry celebrated when members of the European parliament decided to “follow the science” and support legislation which includes nuclear in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy for green investment.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
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South Korea will expand its generation of nuclear power to more than 30% of total energy by 2030, up from 27.4% in 2021, in order to boost energy security and better meet carbon neutrality goals, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has said. President Yoon Suk-yeol’s government has pledged to reverse the nuclear phase-out policy of the previous administration, rebuild the nuclear industry and support nuclear exports.

Date: Friday, 08 July 2022
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IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, opening a recent International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Sustainable Clean Energy for the Future (FR22) in Vienna stressed the need to develop fast reactor technology.

Date: Tuesday, 26 April 2022
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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced the start of commercial operation for the UAE's second nuclear unit. Barakah 2 achieved first criticality in August 2021 and began supplying electricity to the grid on 14 September.

Date: Friday, 25 March 2022
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